Night Creepers–Book Introduction

51WAYbwCmRL._SX423_BO1,204,203,200_Introducing Night Creepers, my latest book. Night Creepers is available now in e-book form, and will release in both hard and softcover in the fall of 2017. See the book trailer, here.

Sometime ago, I became fascinated with nocturnal animals. These seemingly invisible creatures, some of which live right outside our back doors, only appear at night. it’s like magic! After I began managing some feral cats, I began seeing skunks and possums regularly and I began referring to them as the night creepers. And, I began thinking about a book about them to introduce kids to both nocturnal animals (a term I find that many elementary kids are familiar with) and crepuscular animals (a term that I find no elementary kids, and very few of their teachers are familiar with).

I decided to create a sleepy, quiet, rhyming text: “Waking up // Noisy pup // Flutter High // Gliding by….” Each stanza has its own page, depicting an animal, and a sidebar of information about that species. The result is a two-leveled book–one that works well for younger children as well as older ones.

Arbordale Publishing paired my work with Shennen Bersani, the illustrator for Once Upon an Elephant, and this might just be her most beautiful work ever.

Our first advance review is in from Kirkus. You can read here. There is also a lovely review on Amazon here.

Shennen and I hope you enjoy Night Creepers! I’ll post again when the paper copies release.

The Secret Life of the Red Fox

I have to admit that the reason I grabbed for 7175WDFhxCLLaurence Pringle’s latest book was because of the illustration on the cover (Kate Garchinsky). Boyd’s Mills Press’s The Secret Life of the Red Fox is, in a word, gorgeous. It follows a female fox, Vixen, through several months, through the spring, until the fall–prior to the birth of her kits, until they leave her. It contains some very basic information about foxes in the main text, and an authors note at the end fleshes that out further. There is also a glossary and recommended reads at the end.

While kids will be taken in by Vixen’s stories, adults will find themselves wowed by the illustrations. This book could be useful to zoo educators who talk about foxes or crepuscular animals, and is a must-have for educators in nature centers.

Ages: 6-9

Grade: K-4

32 pages